Does white wine need to breathe?

Most people don’t aerate wines. Many people that do, just assume that they only need to let red wines breathe before consumption. And, for the most part, if you let most white wines aerate too long, the taste is completely ruined. However, there is a group of white wines that you should definitely decant.

These wines include:

  • Burgundies
  • White Bordeaux wines
  • Alsace wines

White wines should be served at a cooler temperature than their red cousins, so the trick, should you choose to decant a white wine, is that you don’t want to leave it out too much that becomes too warm.

There are all kinds of contraptions for decanting and aerating your wines, but for white wines, you can find some reasonably priced aerators and decanters.